Oak­sey march on as ti­tle ri­vals stum­ble

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LEAGUE lead­ers Oak­sey march on while their near­est chal­lengers fal­tered in the Cain & Fuller CDCA League.

The lat­est Oak­sey win came at Aven­ing & Cher­ing­ton where an un­beaten knock by Tom Cook (93*), with good sup­port from skip­per Andy Ste­ward (47) and Abrar Qureshi (29), al­lowed the vis­i­tors to post 211-4.

Bruce Walker (44) gave Aven­ing & Cher­ing­ton a good start in re­ply but Matt Den­ney (3-28) pegged them back.

De­spite use­ful con­tri­bu­tions from Tom Red­path (35) and Dan Grif­fiths (30) the hosts fell well short on 178-7.

Ash­ton Keynes com­pleted the dou­ble over sec­ond placed Barns­ley Beeches with Ash­ton’s 194-9 mainly down to Will Shel­ley (87) while Akalanka Udara (2-21), Jay Thom­son (2-29) and Tom Dykes (2-44) were the pick of the home bowlers.

Barns­ley open­ers Yo­han Dar­mathileka (53) and An­drew Walker (31) gave them an ex­cel­lent start but Tom Waller (4-13) made the break­through then Jack Thomas (4-12) pre­cip­i­tated a col­lapse with Barns­ley be­ing bowled out for 132.

Minety & North­leach re­main in con­tention af­ter a good win over Long­bor­ough & Sez­in­cote.

Open­ers Tony Gard­ner (69) and Giles Well­man (45) laid an ex­cel­lent plat­form but a good spell from Joe New­bould (3-27) re­stricted the hosts to 179-7.

A good spell from Dar­ren Hall (3-43) put pres­sure on Long­bor­ough but Ryan Theron (43), Josh New­bould (36) and John Mut­saars (29) brought them back into the con­test.

How­ever skip­per Gard­ner (4-24) capped a fine all round per­for­mance as Long­bor­ough were bowled out for 152.

South Cer­ney gave them­selves a much needed boost with a good win at Oakridge who started well with Ed Bryant (38) look­ing dan­ger­ous.

He re­ceived lit­tle sup­port as Chris Wear­ing (2-35) and Matt Hicks (2-25) took wick­ets then Ja­son Stevens (4-18) cleaned up the tail to re­strict Oakridge to 119 all out.

South Cer­ney also found bat­ting dif­fi­cult as Ben Wood­cock (2-15) and Sam Grim­stead (2-28) bowled well. How­ever James Bayliss (26) and Matt Hicks (24) saw them home by four wick­ets.

Bibury won com­fort­ably at Fair­ford II to give them only their sec­ond win of the sea­son.

An ex­cel­lent open­ing part­ner­ship of 159 be­tween James Richard­son (105) and Ed Robin­son (62) laid the foun­da­tion for Bibury’s 234-8 with Ben Goodey (3-50) and Daniel God­win (2-35) the pick of the home bowlers.

A steady stream of wick­ets proved to be Fair­ford’s down­fall as Sachin Ban­dara (3-19) and Nouan Wickie (5-57) bowled well. Ben Co­hoon (31) pro­vided early promise and Richard Young (38) some late runs but Fair­ford were all out for 175.

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